This post was written by Alisa Wade, New-York Historical Society Graduate Archival Research Fellow
James Beekman and his wife, Jane Keteltas Beekman, circulated in New York’s high society in the post-Revolutionary era. After returning to the city following British evacuation in 1783, the Beekman family reintegrated themselves into the social circles of the urban elite, entertaining George Washington and others at their Mount Pleasant estate.
Their standing was entrenched by James Beekman’s flourishing mercantile firm, which he...Read More
This post was written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian.
We last met “Old Ironsides” on this blog when she won her War of 1812 victory in August 1812 against the HMS Guerrière off of Massachusetts. Less than six months later, the USS Constitution had been refitted in Boston, assigned a new captain, and in late December was cruising off Brazil. Victory came again to her two hundred years ago on December 29 when she engaged the...Read More
This post was written by Maureen Maryanski, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections.
As Women’s History Month draws to a close, let’s focus on one of the founding documents of American feminism: the Declaration of Sentiments. Drafted, debated, and signed during the first women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls, New York in July 1848, the Declaration enumerates the legal, economic, and social inequalities existing between women and men – and the signers’ commitment to fight for equality....Read More
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